Things to do in Paris

whats on in paris franceParis is a beautiful city filled with a lot of sights and sounds. Of course, one of the most beautiful and well-known sights is the Eiffel Tower. But there are many museums, beautiful parks, and other historical buildings to see.

When you start thinking about your trip to Paris, you may want to purchase a guide book. There are a number of them on the market. On my second trip to Paris, I purchased an Eyewitness Travel Guide which I found to be very helpful.

Another consideration in planning your trip is whether you will work with a travel agent or plan your own trip. When working with a travel agent, your airfare and hotel reservations can be made at one time. There are a number of package deals for you to select from. In addition, there may be tours that are included in the package.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are a great way to see Paris if you do not feel comfortable touring the city on your own. You can prepay for some of them when you book your trip or you can purchase individual tours when you arrive in Paris. You may want to select some guided tours and then select others after you arrive. One of the best ways to see Paris is by exploring it on your own.

louvre museum parisWhen you take a guided tour, the tour guide will tell you about each stop along the way. Stops during guided tours include the Louvre. It is a beautiful building which has been enhanced by a Pyramid. When you walk along the outside of the building, there is a fountain at the front entrance. The walkway around the fountain takes you to the entrance. The entrance is through the Pyramid designed by architect I. M. Pei and was opened in Paris Travel Guide1989. Inside the Pyramid is a winding staircase which takes you straight to the top.

Other places that are on guided tours usually include the Palais Royal and the Jardin des Tuileries. In the same area is the Place de la Concorde. If you take a night tour through this area, you will see the many lights of Paris including Les Champs Elysees.

There are also flying tours of Paris and boat trips down the Seine River.

A must-see on a trip to Paris is the Cathedral of Notre Dame with its beautiful windows and tapestries.

Whether you take guided tours only or if you decide to explore on your won, the city of Paris will be educational and exciting. Its atmosphere will envelope you and you will want to return to see the sights you missed on this trip.

City Tours

Landing Beaches Tour

Cross the bocage of Normandy to go to the Peace Memorial located in the town of Caen. Visit the museum where you can view films on the 2nd World War and peruse the amazing historical artifacts and histoires. Then, from La Pointe du Hoc, you will visit the landing beaches of Juno, Omaha, the American cemetery, the port of Arromanches built by the allies, before returning to Paris.

Paris Mont St Michel

Discover the "Wonder of the Occident". A guided visit of the famous abbey followed by lunch. This is a minibus tour and includes departure and return transfer to your hotel.

Versailles Chartres

Visit the old town and the Cathedral of Chartres in the morning followed by lunch at "au Moulin de Ponceau". During the afternoon you will be taken to visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles, the opulant residence built by Louis XIV.

Chartres from Paris

Cross the Beauce plain, the "breadbasket" of Paris to the town of Chartres. Visit one of the biggest cathedrals in France, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. The Cathedral has an unrivaled collection of stained glass windows referenced as a UNESCO world heritage site. You will then have free time to wander around the charming old streets of the old town around the Cathedral.

Eiffel Tower & Cruise

eiffle-tower-paris-franceYou will dine at the "Altitude 95", the famous restaurant on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower with its magnificent view on the city. Then you will be taken on a Seine river cruise to discover the major monuments, bridges and beauty of the city from the water.

Fontainebleau & Barbizon

For 5 centuries, the castle of Fontainebleau was the favorite residence of French monarchs including Francis I and Napoleon III. Fontainbleau is south of Paris, near the magnificent forest of Fontainebleau. Visit the richly furnished and decorated Royal Apartments, and discover the only remaining throne of France. Admire the different styles of French Architecture. Then take time to walk in the magnificent French gardens. On the way back to Paris, we will stop by the charming village of Barbizon, a place of inspiration for many landscape-painters, such as Rousseau, Millet and Corot.

Giverny

Giverny is located an hour from Paris, in Normandy. This charming village was a fountain of inspiration for Claude Monet and his most famous paintings. Visit the artist’s house, studio and garden in bloom with it’s “Japanese bridge” and idyllic pond. An exceptional site to be visited and discovered.

Grand Tour of Paris

This wonderful tour will enable you to see all of the most famous attractions of Paris by combining the “TOURINGSCOPE HALF DAY TOUR” and an essential Seine river cruise, during which you will discover many of the 32 bridges of the City. This all-encompassing tour ends on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, from where you will enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Paris.

Paris Illuminations

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Avenue des Champs Elysees
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Ile de la Cité
  • Notre Dame
  • La Defense
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Seine River

Touring Scope Tour

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Avenue des Champs Elysees
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Ile de la Cité
  • Notre Dame
  • La Defense
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Seine River

Versailles Discovery

Discover the castle of Versailles, the biggest French castle of the 17th century. This famous and beautiful castle is the work of architects Levau and Mansart and the work of Lenotre, the great garden architect. Visit the King’s Royal Apartments and the one and only “Hall of Mirrors” on your own with an audio- guide given directly by your guide at the palace entrance. You will have free time to wander around the acres of gardens enjoying their impeccable design and statues.

Versailles Majestic

Visit the beautiful Palace of Versailles. Just outside of Paris, Versailles is one of the most famous and opulant castles in the world. While there you will visit the King’s Royal Apartments, and the “Hall of Mirrors” and get a taste of how Louis XIV lived with Marie Antoinette. You will also get a chance to peruse the impecable gardens in the company of a qualified guide. The guide will tell you the story of this Palace and the Royal life at the time of Louis XIV: the Sun King.

Le Lido

An enjoyable evening with dinner and dancing at the Lido de Paris (1/2 bottle of champagne included per person) The show: “C’est Magique”, launched in 1994, has given a new prestige to the famous cabaret of the Champs Elysees. The Lido is able to welcome around 1000 persons and has nearly 100 dancers. The meals are created under the expertise of Chef Paul Bocuse. Jacket and tie are required.

Dinner Noces, Illuminations, Lido

An enjoyable evening with a gastronomic dinner in a typical restaurant near the Opera, where you will be welcomed with a kir (choice of 3 courses, drinks included, 1/2 bottle of champagne), followed by the show at the damous Lido de Paris.

Paris Illuminations & Cruise

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Avenue des Champs Elysees
  • Pont Neuf
  • Sacre Coeur Basilica
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Seine River

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